March 4, 2022
Despite a crop of major movies arriving on DVD and Blu-ray during the week, Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Eternals retained the top spot on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc rental chart the week ended Feb. 26.
It’s the second-consecutive week on top for Eternals, which tells the story of a group of aliens that have been protecting and guiding human civilization for thousands of years.
The week’s top newcomer among the four films that debuted among the top 20 disc sellers was from another Disney-owned studio, 20th Century’s The King’s Man. Director Matthew Vaughn’s prequel to his previous “Kingsman” actioners depicts the creation of the title spy organization during World War I. It earned $37 million at the domestic box office and sold about 75% as many copies during the week as Eternals.
A Best Buy-exclusive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc collection of the three “Kingsman” movies was No. 36 overall and No. 17 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, and accounts for another 8.4% of The King’s Man sales compared with Eternals.
The second newcomer in the top 20 discs, at No. 5 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart, was Lionsgate’s American Underdog, a biopic about Kurt Warner’s improbable rise to winning a Super Bowl and becoming an NFL Hall of Famer. It earned $26.5 million from U.S. theaters and hit shelves a week after Warner’s former team, the Rams, won the latest Super Bowl.
MGM’s newly released House of Gucci disc from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment bowed at No. 6 on both charts after earned $53.8 million at domestic theaters. The film stars Lady Gaga and Adam Driver as members of the Gucci fashion empire whose inability to navigate tricky family politics gets them embroiled in a murder plot.
The fourth newcomer to enter the week’s overall top 20 disc sellers was the Universal female-driven espionage thriller The 355, which came in at No. 8 overall and No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart. It earned $14.6 million at the domestic box office.
The Blu-ray Disc chart also saw Shout! Factory’s newly released 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of the 1980 horror film Alligator crack the top 20 there at No. 13. It was No. 24 on the overall disc sales chart.
Rounding out the top five on both charts, Disney’s Encanto dropped to No. 3 on the overall chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart, while Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife was No. 4 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.
Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 59% of first-week standalone The King’s Man unit sales, with 38% from regular Blu-ray and 21% from 4K. American Underdog had 55% of its sales come from HD formats, with 53% from regular Blu-ray and 2% from the 4K combo pack. House of Gucci had 53% of its sales from Blu-ray, and The 355 had 54%; neither were released on 4K disc.
The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Feb. 27 had House of Gucci debut in the top spot, followed by American Underdog at No. 2.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife slid to No. 3 after three weeks in the top spot.
Eternals entered the rental chart at No. 4 after a week-long delay of availability at Redbox rental kiosks, while The 355 debuted at No. 5.
Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 2-26-22
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 2-27-22
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 2-26-22
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 2-26-22
Sales Report for Week Ended 2-26-22
Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 2-28-22